This is the fact-based story of an aristocratic woman who defies Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is known today. After volunteering to travel to Scutari to care for the wounded soldiers, who are victims of the Crimean war, she finds herself very unwelcome and faces great opposition for her new way of thinking. However through her selfless acts of caring, she quickly becomes known as 'The Lady with the Lamp', the caring nurse whose shadow soldiers kiss. Written by
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Claire Bloom has starring billing in the main titles, but her role is an extended cameo. See more
When I was seventeen, I heard a call from God. He spoke to me, Mr Milnes. Now, you can laugh if you like.
And what precisely did God call upon you to do?
I don't know. That's what torments me. Something more, to be more than a pampered, wealthy, little girl. Somehow, to use the gifts I have to serve, instead of going dancing and to parties.
The background illustrations in the opening credits are wood engravings by Gustave Dore from 'London: A Pilgrimage' (published 1876, although he worked on them from 1870 onwards). See more
Version of The White Angel